The Bachelor of Applied Science degree is the designated degree for flexible baccalaureate programs that are designed to accommodate the unique demands for entry and advancement within specific workforce sectors. BAS programs provide degree completion opportunities for students from a variety of educational backgrounds, but primarily those with Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees or the equivalent. BAS degrees typically build on the curriculum requirements for an AAS degree. As such, BAS degrees are often considered to be stackable degrees, meaning that all of the requirements for the AAS degree are either included in, or receive full recognition and credit within the BAS program requirements. Consequently, both the technical and general education courses completed in an AAS degree count fully toward BAS degree requirements. Because the general education requirements often vary considerably for AAS degrees due to the targeted focus of their career and technical fields, PCC provides great flexibility to faculty in structuring AAS degree general education requirements. It is the intent of the general education philosophy for BAS degrees that all general education courses successfully completed by students in their AAS degrees count fully toward the overall BAS general education requirements.
The Bachelor of Applied Science degree is designed to provide a four-year degree in a true 2+2 manner for students who already have an Associate of Applied Science degree and are ready to take on more technical responsibility. This is a popular option for workforce development and advancement. This degree provides students with an academic training to further their careers.
Each BAS completion degree will have 120 credit hours. Thirty of these credits must be taken in residence at PCC per the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation requirements. Admission criteria may change depending on the degree and academic advising is key to understanding the requirements for admission.
Completion of an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in the appropriate field of study.
Requirements for the BAS degree is detailed in this section of the catalog. PCC offers the following BAS degree:
Dental Hygiene, BAS
Radiologic Technology (Section)
Computed Tomography, BAS Option
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, BAS